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St Mirren 1-0 Kilmarnock: Hosts move six clear of bottom

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Highlights: St Mirren 1-0 Kilmarnock

St Mirren beat managerless Kilmarnock to claim a first win in four games and move six points clear of the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.

Ilkay Durmus' goal was enough to boost their survival hopes, with basement club Hearts dropping points elsewhere.

But Kilmarnock fall out of the top six after a fifth loss in a row.

And caretaker boss Alex Dyer's hopes of claiming the job permanently suffered a blow as his side went a sixth game without a goal.

It is first time the Ayrshire side have suffered such a poor run of league form since May 2015 when they last lost five-in-a-row under Gary Locke's tutelage.

Kilmarnock's struggles continue

It had been a testing December for both sides. St Mirren with one win from five, while Kilmarnock hadn't even scored a goal.

The visitors, backed in big numbers despite their recent struggles, took to the task of ending that goal drought early on. Liam Millar just needed a connection on Alex Bruce's cross to steer it home, before goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky couldn't hold Eamonn Brophy's powerful hit.

But it was the home side who showed more cutting edge when Tony Andreu played through Durmus. The former Turkish youth international got himself between the two central defenders and lashed a sweet low shot to the right of the goalkeeper.

Kilmarnock caretaker boss Alex Dyer

Kilmarnock's woes were not helped by Rory McKenzie limping off with a hamstring injury, with Osman Sow emerging from the bench looking for his first goal of the season.

And the Swedish forward nearly got his wish when a free-kick trickled through a ruck of bodies, but he just could not get a toe on it. Minutes later he had an effort disallowed for offside.

It was all half chances for Kilmarnock though as St Mirren began to take control. Durmus was not too far away when his shot from the edge of the box fizzed over the bar, then Kilmarnock goalkeeper Laurentiu Branescu showed brilliant reflexes to push over Andreu's goalbound header at the front post.

The best chances continued to fall for St Mirren. A lovely one-touch passing move inside the box opened up the chance for Junior Morais, but his shot offered an easy save for the goalkeeper.

Jonathan Obika followed up with three good chances, one saved while the other two flew wide.

You wondered if that profligacy may come back to haunt Jim Goodwin's men, but Kilmarnock rarely looked like they could find a late leveller.

Man of the match - Paul McGinn

BBC Scotland's Chick Young at the Simple Digital Arena

The McGinn dynasty at St Mirren rolls on. Stephen, then John, then Stephen again, and now the versatility of Paul is looking invaluable. He is a right back by trade, but has recently performed at centre half.

As Jim Goodwin took a hammer to fit the pieces of his back four jigsaw together with two midfielders in it, McGinn was moved to left back. And he was outstanding.

'The players need to know' - reaction

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Goodwin promises 'more to come from St Mirren'

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "We really should have killed the game off. I asked the players to keep a clean sheet because I felt if we did that we would score.

"We probably had more attempts on target today than we have had in any other game this season. I couldn't be any happier with the overall performance."

Kilmarnock caretaker manager Alex Dyer: "We need to sort out the manager issue straight away I think. Whether that's me or someone else, the players need to know.

"A decision needs to be made over the next week or so."

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Kilmarnock 'need shaken up' - caretaker Dyer

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Hladky
  • 8FlynnBooked at 81mins
  • 16Foley
  • 5McLoughlin
  • 2McGinn
  • 7MagennisBooked at 75mins
  • 10AndreuSubstituted forCookeat 79'minutes
  • 24MacPherson
  • 11Durmus
  • 9Obika
  • 19Morias

Substitutes

  • 18Mullen
  • 20Cooke
  • 23Djorkaeff
  • 25Erhahon
  • 26Lyness
  • 31McMaster
  • 41Jamieson

Kilmarnock

  • 12Branescu
  • 22MillenSubstituted forEl Makriniat 76'minutes
  • 4BruceBooked at 74mins
  • 26Del FabroBooked at 61mins
  • 14Hämäläinen
  • 29BurkeSubstituted forThomasat 65'minutes
  • 20Wilson
  • 8DickerBooked at 50mins
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forSowat 40'minutes
  • 11Millar
  • 9Brophy

Substitutes

  • 5Johnson
  • 15El Makrini
  • 16Jackson
  • 23Thomas
  • 24Koprivec
  • 28Sow
  • 48Barlow
Referee:
Alan Newlands
Attendance:
6,363

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home19
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Kilmarnock 0.

Attempt missed. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Iain Wilson.

Attempt missed. Cody Cooke (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Paul McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock).

Hand ball by Cody Cooke (St. Mirren).

Foul by Cody Cooke (St. Mirren).

Alex Bruce (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Junior Morias (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niko Hämäläinen (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Booking

Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (St. Mirren).

Liam Millar (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Cody Cooke replaces Tony Andreu.

Foul by Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren).

Dario Del Fabro (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren).

Dario Del Fabro (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mohamed El Makrini replaces Ross Millen.

Booking

Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Alex Bruce (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ilkay Durmus (St. Mirren).

Dario Del Fabro (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Dom Thomas (Kilmarnock).

Attempt saved. Junior Morias (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Cameron MacPherson (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ilkay Durmus (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Laurentiu Branescu.

Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Cameron MacPherson (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Dom Thomas replaces Chris Burke.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic20171255134252
2Rangers19162153114250
3Motherwell2112183327637
4Aberdeen2110653026436
5Livingston216783029125
6Hibernian216782936-725
7Kilmarnock2165101724-723
8Ross County205692242-2021
9St Johnstone194871634-1820
10St Mirren2154121729-1219
11Hamilton2146112034-1418
12Hearts2127121835-1713
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